Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the much-anticipated events in the Gardens’ calendar.
Last weekend, my Aunt and cousin visited me here in Singapore. Like the rest of my guests, I showed them around especially to my favorite places like Gardens by the bay. We were just trying to catch-up for the Gardens’ Rhapsody show. We did not know that there is a celebration for Mid-Autumn Festival for this year, 2017. So lucky!
Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the much-anticipated events in the Gardens’ calendar. When we went there, there were many visitors (as expected especially during weekends). We enjoyed its large-scale lantern displays and myriad festivities amidst a lush garden setting. The famous Supertrees are also groomed up for the season. See the Avatar-like structures get dressed-up with more than 100 dragonfly lanterns. In many cultures, it is believed that the dragonfly is seen as a guardian and associated with luck and prosperity.
This year, the Gardens celebrates autumn abundance with lantern sets symbolic of bountiful harvests and good fortune.
There were also some nightly cultural performances, a food street which features yummy Asian delights, and craft booths offering activities like lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting.
If you are planning to catch-up with the sprawling lantern displays across the gardens and all the exciting festival programs, here some of the details:
We will be having our company trip to Bangkok, Thailand, this end of April 2017 (this weekend! ^^). I remember from our previous trips, nobody thought about bringing a banner. LOL. Is that even necessary nowadays? Well, I think it is very important for reasons I bet you already know (Sorry. I just had a tough day at work. I’ll find time to update this if you really wish to know whyyyy -.-)
Anyways, so for our upcoming trip in BKK (Bangkok), we thought we must have our banner. But we don’t want it to be just any usual boring banner or tarpaulin. Those are too mainstream. So, we decided to have it interesting & fun by making creative letter boxes instead where everyone will just hold it accordingly and they can play around with it when taking photos or videos. Especially people nowadays are very fun of taking boomerang videos. This should be perfect! ^_^
I’m not sure if someone has already made such banners before but here’s how it looks like. Errrrmm….It’s no longer a banner actually since it isn’t a long cut-piece of cloth. So, I decided to call it “MULTI-PURPOSE” Company Trip Placards. Yeah! ^^, Why multi-purpose? because you can also use it as a sunshade and as a fan! Lol! FYI: As per my research, April and May are the hottest months of the year in BKK.
IF YOU LOVE THE IDEA AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW WE DID IT, HERE’S HOW:
Basically, we prepared all the stuffs that we needed:
Alright, let’s get started!
DECIDE ON THE WORDS YOU WANT TO HAVE
We decided what are the words we want to have and counted how many characters we need to make. We made sure that we have enough colored papers and card boards. No need to make the words too long. Just come up with something that is short, specific and just nice for the number of people who are joining the trip. Not everyone has to hold though. For ours, we have about 35 people. So we decided to have “YONG FAH (our company name) BKK (place to visit) 2017 (year)“. Total of 14 characters. Oh! I added an Airplane and a Thailand flag to make it more cute. LOL (additional 2 shouldn’t hurt).
DRAW/PRINT OUT THE CHARACTERS ON THE COLORED PAPERS THEN CUT OUT. At first, I wanted to just draw the letters by myself. But I realized that I am not really good at it plus I don’t have much time to explore. So I just used my PC and printed the letters according to the size I wanted (and my cardboard’s of course). I made the fonts look like in “3D” with all the shadows so it will look more interesting. Btw, I printed on different colored papers so it’s more eye-catching. Then, my colleagues helped to cut out each letters slowly & nicely.
I pasted another colored paper behind each characters (using glue stick & glue gun because it can hold stronger to the type of paper that I am using) and cut it making and outline so the characters will be more visible.
COVER THE CARDBOARD WITH COLORED PAPERS
Set aside those characters, we will work with that later. Let’s proceed with the card boards now. For me, I am using recycled card boards which I got from our invoicing department. So I need to cover the surface with nice colors to make my placards look neat. I covered all the way to the back and used scotched tape to hold it into place.
USE THE CHOPSTICKS TO MAKE A HANDLE
Not necessary but I want people to have something to properly grab on when they’re using it. I placed 2 chopsticks for each as I felt 1 is way too thin. I covered them with colored papers first and the taped it (so some people with very sweaty hands can also enjoy it). Then, I glued it behind the card board using glue gun so it will strongly hold into place.
ADD ANOTHER CARDBOARD FROM BEHIND
The behind part looked kinda messy with all the scotch tapes making it necessary to get covered. Plus, I also wanted to make it harder so I added another cardboard.
PASTE THE LETTERS ON THE CARDBOARD
I pasted my cut out letters or characters slowly onto the card boards and made sure that the letters are pasted on the center.
I added some details by cutting and forming designs from my extra colored papers. I made sure the color combinations will somehow look nicely matched (according to what’s available…whew! its really hard mix-matching very limited resources -.-)
So, there you go. It’s done! ^_^ I hope you like it! We can’t wait to use it for our trip. If you are making one, please let me know. I’d love to see your awesome designs too! 😀